National Lottery machine: in 2014 the business raised €195 million for  charity and sports, down from €205.9 million in 2013. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Money generated for good causes by the National Lottery fell again last year, largely because of costs related to the privatisation of the franchise. (...)

The C&AG report reveals that while €217 million was disbursed to various sporting and charitable programmes last year under the umbrella of lotto funding, only €178 million came directly from the fund

Almost 20 per cent of money given out to good causes under the auspices of the National Lottery came directly from the Government rather than ticket s(...)

 For the first time, tonight’s Lotto players will choose from a panel of 47 numbers instead of 45. Photograph: Getty Images

It could be you, but it probably won’t be. The chances of winning tonight’s Lotto, ditching the job and splurging on a Caribbean holiday are more re(...)

The operator has been under fire for a series of outages and technical mishaps, the worst of which resulted in the cancellation of a draw for the first time, in February.

The National Lottery said its website went down on Wednesday night for several hours as part of a scheduled break in service to accommodate the switch(...)

Kilkenny’s Richie Hogan in action against Waterford in the recent All-Ireland semi-final at Croke Park. Hogan has been fortright in his views on the current format of the league structure. Photograph: Inpho.

This is a drum I’ve beaten before but it needs to be beaten again. Why? Well a wide-reaching decision with fairly serious consequences for many hurlin(...)

When the first lottery draw took place in 1988, the chances of your numbers coming in were one in 1,947,792.

It could be you. But following the news that the National Lottery intends on increasing the number of balls in its twice-weekly draw from 45 to 47 nex(...)

National Lottery winner Ger Murphy from Ballinrobe, Co. Mayo, who netted over €6m. But the odds of emulating Ger are set to lengthen. Photograph: Collins.

The cost of playing the National Lottery is to rise for the first time in nine years as part of a series of changes being introduced by the new oper(...)

Youth development: a concept graphic of the  proposed all-island tall ship. © Dykstra Naval Architects and Damen

Plans for an all-island tall ship to replace Asgard II have been unveiled by a cross-Border trust which has been working on the project for the past(...)

Richard Desmond: “Everybody has ethics, I’m sure Adolf Hitler had ethics. It’s about what you think is right.” Photograph: Peter Maciarmid/Getty Images

The Irish Times is being escorted to the top floor of the Northern & Shell office building in London by a hefty young man who says he “looks af(...)

Premier Lotteries Ireland’s results  provide  an insight into the numbers behind our lottery.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The private operator of the National Lottery, Premier Lotteries Ireland (PLI), has identified its “significant reliance” on IT and telecommunications (...)